“I like Dublin and the an­taganos­tic be­lit­tling which goes on. I see it as a re­minder that you’re only as good as your last song”

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“We were very good at pay­ing our bills un­til we ran out of money, and that’s where the good­will kicks in.”

For now, We Love You Dark Mat­ter re­mains their call­ing card. Both Ferrie and Shanahan are happy with how it turned out and how it sounds 18 months on from when it was recorded.

“It’s a good doc­u­ment of where we were as a band,” stresses Shanahan. “You al­ways look back at some­thing ret­ro­spec­tively and go ‘we could have done that’, but it has the en­ergy of the live show. We found a few toys to play with in the stu­dio and ex­per­i­mented with those sounds. We smashed up a pi­ano for a song, but it didn’t make the al­bum. There was a cer­tain amount of de­sign and a lot of serendip­ity.”

“Some of the songs on the al­bum are a few years old,” adds Ferrie, “and we’ve learned an mo­men­tum thanks to BBE to take us for­ward, and it means the al­bum will get out be­yond Ire­land.

“It has given us a lot more con­fi­dence as well. The al­bum had been out six months here by the time they came along. We had reached a ceil­ing and had done as much as we’re go­ing to do right now in Ire­land. BBE brought a new au­di­ence via their net­work, which means a big­ger pro­file for us, which means we can hope­fully get an agent to book more gigs and tours abroad.”

As the BBE chap­ter com­mences and DRN en­ter a brave new world of gig­ging in for­eign climes, there will be changes to em­brace and new ad­ven­tures to be had.

For now, at least, the band plan to re­main in Dublin. “I like Dublin and the an­taganos­tic be­lit­tling which goes on,” smiles Shan­han. “I see it as a re­minder that you’re only as good as your last song. It en­cour­ages you to take that and turn it into pos­i­tive en­ergy when you back into the stu­dio. I mean, you might go to Berlin or Lon­don and find you­self in the same sit­u­a­tion.”

Then there’s the fi­nan­cial in­cen­tive to stay. “Both me and Ro­nan were in full-time em­ploy­ment un­til 18 months ago, when the mar­ket for arche­ol­o­gists col­lapsed,” says Ferrie. “We’re in the per­fect coun­try to be in a band without jobs be­cause the wel­fare sys­tem is in such a mess. It’s what’s fund­ing the arts. It’s only a mat­ter of time be­fore they cop on to the fact.

“I don’t feel too bad about it be­cause I did work for years and years, and now, I’m pur­su­ing this goal. And if things work out like I hope they work out, I’ll be giv­ing back again.”

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